Re: Update Manager absurdity?- (FOLLOW-UP)
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Default User wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-02-14 at 12:03 -0600, Default User wrote:
>> I am running Debian Etch-testing on an old i586 system with a 32-bit AMD
>> K6-2 processor. Update Manager just did its daily check, showing 22
>> available updates. Among them was libc6-amd64, which the description
>> states is a 64-bit library "meant for AMD64 systems".
> After installing the updates (including libc6-amd64), the system was
> rebooted and *seems* to be running okay. Whew!
> Doing "sudo du -BKB /lib64" does indeed show 2793kB in /libc64. Yikes!
> Doing "sudo dpkg -l libc64*" returns: "No packages found matching
> libc64*." Since "sudo dpkg -l" returns a list of several hundred (at
> least) packages, I am guessing that the libc64* qualifier would list
> "64-bit" programs actually available to the system (and not just having
> files present on a hard drive). Or something like that.
> I was absolutely stunned to learn that 64-bit code is made available to
> a 32-bit system, even if it's not used. I'm too old for all this
> learning . . .
There were rumors that there was going to be a multi-arch version,
perhaps this is the first stage of that reality. I don't think the
libraries being there have any effect on the system, but there's one way
to find out. Just rename the directory to something else and see if you
start getting errors.
I thought they may have been installed because this machine has a 64-bit
processor and the installer was smart and detected it. I don't really
think that is likely, but I do know that the debian.exe that one can
download from http://www.goodbye-windows.com does detect the processor
and installs the appropriate version of Etch.
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